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Hawaii Island News, 7-8 February 2010


The National Weather Service says that Hawaii’s on-going drought is the worst in the nation.  Parts of North Kohala, South Kohala, and the southernmost area of the Ka;u District are suffering from extreme drought.  The entire Big Island is under some degree of drought declaration or water conservation notice.  The National Weather Service says the winter storms that normally sweep through the island at this time of year are being hampered or delayed by the El Nino cycle, which is creating dry conditions in the state.

Friends and family of legendary state lawmaker Jack Suwa will pay their respects this coming Saturday at Dodo Mortuary in Hilo.  Suwa, who represented the Puna District in the State House of Representatives for twenty years, died January 22nd at his Kurtistown home.  He was 85.

The Hawaii State Senate will discuss a bill Monday to privatize the Hawaii Health System Corporation.  HHSC representative and state senator Josh Green tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the bill would save Hawaii’s hospitals millions as they continue to struggle financially.  Green believes teh privatization move would prevent future hospital closings.  The privatization of the Hawaii Health System Corporation is the subject of today’s news poll.  Check it out at:

(AP).  Parents and employees at a Big Island school are voting on whether to seek charter school status in an effort to stave off closure.  Proponents say the best way to keep the state from closing Laupahoehoe High and Elementary School is to apply to convert to a public charter school.

Tatau Entertainment presents:  “Big Island Love”, a benefit for the people of Haiti, on Sunday, February 14th, at the Mixx Bistro in Kailua-Kona.  The event is for those 21 and over and begins at 7 p.m.  Checks can be made payable to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

The Big Island Auto Club presents the season opener drag race on February 20th and February 21st at the Hilo Drag Strip.  Gates open at 7 a.m. both days.

The Hilo March for Babies is set for March 21st at Wailoa State Park.  For details, call Eden at 969-1206.

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